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Realme 3 Pro Review: Get Your Game Faces On!!!

by Jamie Inocian  May 17, 2019

#RealGamingPro?

Realme hit the Philippine mobile scene without a lot of pomp when they brought their budget offering — the Realme C1. Despite the minimal hype, they captured the attention of a lot of people by letting your peso go further; punctuated by the release of the Realme 3 a few months ago.

Well, it looks like their back at it again with the newest phone in their lineup — the Realme 3 Pro; a device that has its eyes set on the mobile gaming populace.

Does it live up to the “Real Gaming Pro” hashtag? What else does it have to offer? Let’s take a closer look at this device.

Subtle Yet Striking Lines

The Realme 3 Pro doesn’t veer much from the appearance of the base model of this line.

The ergonomics are very much the same with all the right curves to make it sit comfortably in the hand. It’s slightly larger but it’s hard to tell without the exact dimensions of both the phones.

Our review unit came in black and, while it may be hard to see in our photos, there are lines in an S pattern. This is more noticeable in the other color variants of the phone and gives a bit of separation between the gradient.

Sadly, the nice subtle touch gets lost when you slap on the included jelly case that has a bit of texture on the inside.

For the button and port layout, there aren’t any surprises.

You have the power button on the right side of the phone.

You’ll find the volume rocker on the left along with the access to SIM tray.

The top is bare aside from a microphone, which means you have the headphone jack, speaker grille, and a MicroUSB port.

Now, before you go all up in arms, we do want to remind you that the phone does have support for VOOC 3.0 so you will be topping up the phone faster than usual. More on that later though.

On the back of the device, you’ll see the camera module that houses the two cameras with the yellow rings around the main shooter.

You also have the capacitive fingerprint scanner at just the right spot to make it really accessible. As expected it’s fast and accurate with a very small margin of error but you have the option to use facial recognition if you want to.

A Capable Display

On the Realme 3 Pro, you have a 6.4-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with a tiny water drop notch and the panel behaves pretty much behaves just as well as others of its type with a decent amount of saturation and contrast with excellent viewing angles.

We’ve had no complaints about our experience with device as we streamed YouTube videos and playing games on it.

The notch doesn’t really play a huge role with the way you view content unless you really fill up the screen and it really does disappear the more get used to it.

Hardware to Backup the Hashtag

The Realme 3 Pro has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 as the brains of the operation. There are two variants that are going to be available, which have either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage. The unit that we have with us at 6/128.

It had more than enough muscle to handle the day-to-day slew of apps that we use but you’ll definitely want to spring for the higher variant if you find yourself multitasking on your device a lot. Now, the real reason you might be here is to see if the phone does live up to the hashtag that the company has been using to promote it — #RealGamingPro.

Thankfully, it does. Check out these gaming benchmarks using GameBench.

Life After — 59 Average FPS at 96-percent stability
Vainglory – 59 Average FPS at 98-percent stability
Arena of Valor – 59 Average FPS at 100-percent stability
Mobile Legends – 58 Average FPS at 100-percent stability
NBA 2K19 – 39 Average FPS at 91-percent stability. Highest Settings with Cloth Simulation at Very High
Asphalt 9 – 29 Average FPS at 94-percent stability. High Quality

As you can see, we tested it out on more games than usual and it easily handled some of the most popular games out in the market right now. There was also an issue where SD 710’s wouldn’t support Mobile Legends. Thankfully, that issue has now been resolved so you can hit 60FPS in this popular MOBA.

We were also able to test the Realme 3 Pro on Fortnite but, unfortunately, we couldn’t benchmark it using the app that we use. It caps at around 30 frames per second and we noticed that it average around the mid 20s. Take note, however, that it was capped at medium settings.

Grear Cameras for Both Day and Night

There are a total of three cameras on the Realme 3 Pro. Two on the back, which consists of a 16-megapixel camera at an aperture of f/1.8 with a Sony IMX519 sensor alongside a 5-megapixel depth sensor with it. For taking selfies, you have a 25-megapixel camera at f/2.0.

The rear cameras actually perform admirably with good color accuracy. We did notice, however, that shots with HDR on seem a little oversharpened and, while it generally performs well, it gets a bit of a blue-ish tinge when exposure is a little more challenging.

You have Nightscape mode so taking photos in low-light situations is quite good too. You also Chroma Boost if you want more saturated but it’s best to know when and when not to use this feature because it can go a bit overboard as well.

If you find yourself taking a lot of selfies, you will not get disappointed with the Realme 3 Pro. The ones we took came out really nice and even has smooth software assisted bokeh too.

Lots of Lasting Power

Keeping the lights on for the Realme 3 Pro is a 4045mAh battery and, while using it as our daily driver, it lasted almost two full days on a single charge. The battery benchmarks had it clock in at 11 hours and 53 minutes.

As mentioned, the Realme 3 Pro has support for VOOC Charging so when you do have to top it up, you won’t have to be tethered to a wall for too long. It only took us an hour and 15 minutes to go from 0 to 100%.

Verdict: Living Up to Expectations

The Realme 3 Pro is an awesome addition to the brand’s lineup and it definitely lives up to its hashtag. The hardware is great for mobile gaming plus it has a lot of lasting power to keep you entertained for hours on end.

We reckon that the 4/64 configuration of this device should be enough to whet your appetite to play your favorite titles available on the Google Play Store and should save you a fair bit of money at Php 12, 990. If you want to really top things up with the 6/128 variant though, you’ll have to shell out Php 2,000 more at Php 14,990.

Now, the price point puts within striking range of some of the other phones from brands that offer bang-for-your-buck phones — like the Xiaomi Mi9 SE — but the Realme 3 Pro is still a very solid option that we have no qualms recommending.

The Realme 3 Pro should be available at their official Kiosks plus through their partners: MemoXpress, PC Express, and PhoneStyle on May 25 but is available for pre-order.

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